Influence of potassium and sodium nutrition on leaf area components in Eucalyptus grandis trees

Battie Laclau Patricia, Laclau Jean-Paul, De Cassia Piccolo Marisa, Cersózimo Arenque Bruna, Beri Constance, Mietton Lauriane, Almeida Muniz Marta R., Jordan-Meille Lionel, Silveira Buckeridge Marco, Nouvellon Yann, Ranger Jacques, Bouillet Jean-Pierre. 2013. Influence of potassium and sodium nutrition on leaf area components in Eucalyptus grandis trees. Plant and Soil, 371 (1-2) : pp. 19-35.

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Abstract : Background and Aims Recent studies showed a positive tree response to Na addition in K-depleted tropical soils. Our study aimed to gain insight into the effects of K and Na fertilizations on leaf area components for a widely planted tree species. Methods Leaf expansion rates, as well as nutrient, polyol and soluble sugar concentrations, were measured from emergence to abscission of tagged leaves in 1-year-old Eucalyptus grandis plantations. Leaf cell size and water status parameters were compared 1 and 2 months after leaf emergence in plots with KCl application (+K), NaCl application (+Na) and control plots (C). Results K and Na applications enhanced tree leaf area by increasing both leaf longevity and the mean area of individual leaves. Higher cell turgor in treatments +K and +Na than in the C treatment resulting from higher concentrations of osmotica contributed to increasing both palisade cell diameters and the size of fully expanded leaves. Conclusions Intermediate total tree leaf area in treatment +Na compared to treatments C and +K might result from the capacity of Na to substitute K in osmoregulatory functions, whereas it seemed unable to accomplish other important K functions that contribute to delaying leaf senescence. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Eucalyptus grandis, Plantation forestière, Fertilisation, Potassium, Sodium, Surface foliaire, Analyse de tissu foliaire, Croissance, Fertilité du sol

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Brésil

Classification Agris : K10 - Forestry production
F62 - Plant physiology - Growth and development
F04 - Fertilizing

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2005-2013) - Intensification écologique

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Battie Laclau Patricia, CENA (BRA)
  • Laclau Jean-Paul, CIRAD-PERSYST-UMR Eco&Sols (BRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-2506-214X
  • De Cassia Piccolo Marisa, CENA (BRA)
  • Cersózimo Arenque Bruna, Universidade de São Paulo (BRA)
  • Beri Constance, ESA (FRA)
  • Mietton Lauriane, AgroParisTech (FRA)
  • Almeida Muniz Marta R., Universidade de São Paulo (BRA)
  • Jordan-Meille Lionel, INRA (FRA)
  • Silveira Buckeridge Marco, Universidade de São Paulo (BRA)
  • Nouvellon Yann, CIRAD-PERSYST-UMR Eco&Sols (BRA)
  • Ranger Jacques, INRA (FRA)
  • Bouillet Jean-Pierre, CIRAD-PERSYST-UMR Eco&Sols (BRA)

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